Seeing

Since sketching records visual experience, the art of seeing and the things we see are indeed the crucial factors in sketching.

Learning to see is the most important step in learning about life drawing. Since the sketching process records visual experience, the art of seeing and the things we see are indeed crucial factors.

Most of our visual experiences have to do with a perceived message. People endow the objects they see with a certain meaning, which is factual and utilitarian. For example, observers may identify a door as a door that leads to a restaurant; a house, as a courthouse. Seeing in sketching should precede such facts. First of all, you should be aware of the juxtapositioning of objects, the changing of colors, the variation in contour and light quality, and the liveliness of lines and edges. Before interpreting the meaning of the things you see, first appreciate the proportion, scale, texture, and composition of the entire image. This is called aesthetic seeing, or formal perception.

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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